RUSSIAN FOR FOREIGNERS
Currently the International Affairs Department of Kuban State University is managing several educational projects in the Russian as a Foreign Language program with the main idea of developing close contacts \ communications of foreign and Russian students. We hope that such contacts will enhance a work of people with different cultural and religious backgrounds on their way to building a safer world. To address the above mentioned problem in a more successful way we need to create a natural environment for an intercultural communication of Russian and foreign students taking into consideration all intercultural and confessional aspects. Thus a communication oriented teaching methods are the basic issue and the English language serves as an Interlingua.
1. PREPARATORY COURSE
1.1. 10-month Intensive Russian for international students planning to take a full course (4 ac. years) in a Russian institute\ university.
One ac.year (two semesters) program includes 710 academic hours of Russian (30 academic hours a week – 34 weeks) and 560 hours of selected courses (30 academic hours a week – 18 weeks). This includes regional studies and a course on intercultural communication (2 hours a week – 34 weeks).
The first 16 weeks (fall semester starts September 1st) are simply an intensive Russian language course with an emphasis on intercultural communication.
The second semester is 18 weeks (it starts January 8 – 10) and includes selected courses besides ones on the Russian language:
• Humanities: history, literature, geography and informatics
• Bio-Medics: biology, chemistry, mathematics, informatics and physics
• Economics and Engineering: math, physics, informatics, economics and geography
In the end of the program all students take a Russian language test and tests on selected courses. Based on test results the students receive university certificates that allow them to go on studying at any Russian school. Program costs: $1 600 a year for a group of 7-10 students.
1.2 For international students planning to begin/ continue their Russian language studies in other schools or students planning to simply learn to speak Russian.
Although the program is a 32 week (710 academic hours – two semesters) course, it might work as two separate programs:
- 15 week course of intensive Russian for beginners (total of 360 hours: 20 ac.h. of Russian + 4 hours of practical intercultural communication and regional culture) with a one week semester break.
- 17 week course of intensive Russian for those with basic knowledge of the language (total of 442 hours: 20 ac.h. of Russian + 4 hours of selective courses on history\politics, religious psychology, etc... + 2 hours of practical intercultural communication a week) with a one week semester break.
In the end of the program all students receive the graduation University Certificate or (upon their wishes and tests) a Federal Certificate stating their level of Russian language proficiency (basis - 4rd). Program costs: $7\ac.h. with a minimum of 5 students a group.
Selected courses costs: $5\ac.h. with a minimum of 10 students a group (standard selected course is 18 academic hours).
The “Student Club of International Cultures” is the basis for all informal activity between Russian and foreign students.
1. Orientation: real life scenes – Q and A
On coming to the University each student receives an “International Student Hand-Book” at an orientation. During the orientation a university advisor talks about main issues of being in a new culture. Orientations \ Meetings are held throughout the year where students can address vital questions on their stay at the University.
2. Russian and Regional Culture: grasping the new environment.
In the beginning all students receive an “Event Calendar” for the whole year that outlines different activities outside academics, such as bus tours (around the region, to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg...), special museum events, weekend trips (these include special educational and cultural program on the local culture)...
3. Internationalism: national days.
For better understanding and cooperation national days are held throughout a year to present national feature of different cultures. It includes presentations of national dance culture, songs, sports and cuisine... In the end of every academic year all foreign students take part in the “International Student Festival”.
4. Intercultural communication.
This section includes round-tables with special guests on important life issues.
5. Volunteer work.
Russian students are welcomed to help international students adapt to the new culture. This section also includes visits to city schools, orphanages... A student council does a lot for a better interaction between the University management and international students.
6. Student amateur theater.
Every student can take part in amateur performances.
NB: Tours and other non-academic events are not included in the program fee and are paid for when separately (1 day visit to Gelendzhik, Lago-Naki, Taman come up to approx. $80-100 a day; 1 day visit to Sochi, Moscow or Saint-Petersburg = aprx. $200 – 250 a day, including hotel stay, one meal and local excursions).
The Program co-financing: The University covers all expenses of the Interclub work, city tours, museum visits, tutors and animators, school-books, classroom renting, meeting and departure.
The International Affairs Department staff does their best to make all our educational and cultural programs be flexible to meet everybody’s needs.
10 Pros to study at Kuban State University.
1. Preparatory Department for International Students.
Students that complete a one year course at the Prep. Dept. of Kuban State University take receive a graduation certificate that allows them to enter any school in the country. (this certificate is equal to the Federal First Certificate.
2. Russian as a Foreign Language Dept.
Kuban State University has a long history of preparing students in the Russian as a Foreign Language Program. These students are always employed to assist international students at KubSU.
3. Summer Russian Language School.
4. Dual diploma.
Students on exchange programs have an opportunity to receive a dual diploma which is not so common around the country.
5. Long-term relations with American educational institutions.
Kuban State University has a long-term history of educational cooperation with American institutes. Thus the University has a well-trained professional staff to work with American groups.
6. University branches.
The University has 15 branches around Kuban. Two of them are located near the Black Sea where students can combine study and rest.
7. University research center.
The University has strong schools both in sciences and humanities.
8. Department of History of Culture (Russian, North America).
The University has a unique program in Russian and American studies.
Kuban State University is located in the city of Krasnodar, which is the capital of Kuban Region (Kuban). Kuban is the bread basket of Russia. Attractive climate, two seas (Black and Azov), wonderful forests, mountains and rivers make it a pleasure to live and study here. The city has an amazing cultural life. A number one opera and ballet director in Russia Grigorovich is working both in Bolshoi and a Krasnodar Musical Theater. Thus there is always a great chance to sea Russian ballet and opera stars in the city.
10. Multinational and multiconfessional nature of the region.
Kuban is a multinational region. More then 50 nationalities with different religious backgrounds are peacefully residing in the region. This gives our international students to face different cultures on a daily basis.